Spring rains can bring flooded basements.
Why we prefer Electric Sump Pumps to handle this Problem
First, let’s look at two different types of sump pumps. One is what you call a water-powered sump pump. This type of pump uses your home water supply to power the pump. If the power goes out during a storm, your home water supply will automatically power the pump and keep your basement from flooding. Sounds great, right? But here’s the catch. If the water pressure also drops during a prolonged power outage (since they often need a minimum of 20 PSI to operate efficiently, the pressure may not be strong enough to power the pump.
The result? Your basement floods!
Water powered sump pumps can also be very expensive to run compared to a battery backup electric pump. A water powered sump pump can use one gallon of water to pump out either one or two gallons of water from your sump pump basin. It wastes a lot of water, and if it runs a long time do you really want that water bill?
Also, if you have a well pump this system will not work.
Then there are electric sump pumps. These work well but you need to make sure that you have a qualified professional electrician run a dedicated electric line to power the pump. If you don’t, you run the risk of the pump tripping a GFI outlet, cutting power to the pump when you need it most.
An electric sump pump is much easier to install than a water powered sump pump (you don’t need to connect it to your home water supply like the water powered sump pump). And it’s far more economical to run.
If you install an electric sump pump with a battery backup, your pump can run up to 166 hours depending on how often it cycles (and you can also add additional batteries if needed to make it last even longer).
And many come with backup batteries with full replacement warranties.
So to help ensure that you have not only peace of mind but also install the pump safely and economically, call the professional electricians at Mister Sparky.